If you've landed here, you're undoubtedly familiar with Dan Melchior. Originally from Shepperton, England, Dan's collaborated with Billy Childish and Holly Golightly. A wonderfully prolific songwriter who never disappoints, Dan's fronted the Broke Down Revue and Dan Melchior Und Das Menace. While Dan's style is always influx, his work is very idiosyncratic. Nevertheless, anyone into Television Personalities and garage-rock will eat this single up. Mastered by Eric Brady at Windian Records.
Eccentro-blues expat Melchior emits his zillionth record, featuring an A side about how everyone’s a musician or an actor that, if I knew more about friggin’ Beck, I might say sounded like an older, garagier, Englisher Beck. The real gem is the flip, an old blues number dating back to the nineteen-teens, that starts out nonchalantly enough with just vocals and guitar, but progressively heaps on more and more instruments (is that a farty old Korg 707???) and builds to an impermeable Metal Machine Music-sized squall of fuzz, distortion, noise, and general cacophony. This puts “In the Hall of Mountain King” to shame. For shame, “In the Hall of Mountain King!” For shame! BEST SONG: “Hesitation Blues” BEST SONG TITLE: “Hesitation Blues” FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: “Hesitation Blues” is cataloged as Roud Folk Song Index number 11765.
Another month, another couple tracks from Melchior. Dan’s releases are as reliable a marker of the passage of time as checks mailed out to the rent man. Eclectic, electric, and with quite a bounce, “A Non Person” is an original cut that patches together some maximum fuzz with a singalong chorus for a fun track. “Hesitation Blues” is a moody, bluesy arrangement of a traditional tune, a powerful take on this solid number.
--Dave Hyde, Terminal Boredom